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Grateful Dead Live at Grand Prix Racecourse on 1973-07-27

Set 1

The Promised Land
Mexicali Blues
Bird Song
Big River
Tennessee Jed

Set 2

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Me And My Uncle
Jam ->
Wharf Rat
Around And Around

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Grand Prix Racecourse
Location Watkins Glen, NY

Source Matrix mix (SBD/AUD)
Transferred by Hunter Seamons



SBD (shnid=27779):

Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (48k)

Transfer Info:
Dat (Sony D8) -> RME Hammerfall Digiface -> Sony Vaio C1VP ->
Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> FLAC
(2 Discs Audio / 1 Discs FLAC)

Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller

-- The circulating 1st Set came labled Master Reel, but obviously is not.


24 second cut in Bird Song
15 second cut in Tennessee Jed
1:20 length cut in Half-Step
32 second cut in Soundcheck Jam

AUD (shnid=26363):

AudMC > ? > C > DAT > WAV > SHN

unknown taper; stereo recording

A > D by Noah Weiner, October, 2004

Cassette playback on Nakamichi MR-1 > Fostex D5 DAT (A>D
only) > Turtle Beach Montego II Digital I/O > Sound Forge
(wav edits and track IDs) > SHNTOOL (SBE fix) > MKW Audio
Compression Tool (shn)


Sugaree: whole track
Bird Song: from 11:21 - 11:46
Tennessee Jed: from 7:25 - 7:37
Me And My Uncle: first 00:26
Wharf Rat: from 06:33 - 07:03

Thank you to Charlie Miller for the SBD transfer,
and to Noah Weiner for the AUD transfer.

Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (SHN>AIFF>Final Cut>Soundtrack>WAV>FLAC16)
August 1, 2009


1) Promised Land in the AUD source appears to be patched from a different AUD recording.

2) Mexicali Blues in the AUD source had some "warping" issues in the earlier portion and does not sound as good as the AUD songs that follow, so I decided not to matrix it.

3) Set 2 sounds better due to the better sounding SBD source (master reel), which is not the same as set 1.

4) Soundtrack Pro was used to clean up numerous instances of light static in the set 1 SBD source.

5) The AUD had some tuning and stage banter between songs, which were not present on the SBD.

6) Set 2 jam is extremely stellar.


Reviewer: c-freedom - - November 22, 2014
Subject: Best sound for the jam
Reviewer: musicinmarin - - August 27, 2013
Subject: It was a very fine time indeed.
One of my all time favorite Bird Songs. People often wax poetic about Jerry, but this is a shining example of superb ENSEMBLE playing. Listen to what Billy is doing on cymbals, Bob's counterpoint, Phil's lower register exploration, and Jerry's use of the pick and his fingers - rather than all the effects that came later on.

There were thousands and thousands of very high people here, and the music reflects that. It just floats...
Reviewer: Zatharas - - July 27, 2013
Subject: Happy
This show just makes me happy.
Good sound, good set list.
Love the stage banter.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - July 27, 2013
Subject: --
Great stuff here, although one really can't compare this to other "shows" - it IS a soundcheck, after all, and lacks that familiar dramatic arc that connects the entire experience of a Dead show together. This is just a bunch of tunes lazily sort of scattered together - they repeat a few the next night, so take your pick as to which are better.

That said, there is some *seriously* heady music here - Bird Song glides along as easy as you please for damn near 15-20 minutes, and the big, famed jam that leads into Wharf Rat is, I think, the first time the band played around with Mickey's Happiness Is Drumming (aka Fire). Ironic that Mickey wouldn't be there for the "debut", as it were, of this oh-so-familiar chord pattern, but I think it does show just how connected he still was to the band.

So, yeah, great stuff abound here, an easy five stars for the audacious ballsiness of the band's intuition to turn a soundcheck into a full-blown afternoon of music, the tunes themselves, and this beautiful matrix - I think is my favorite way to listen to this most famous of warm-ups. And, no, I do NOT think this is better than the actual show - the actual Watkins-Glen show is something to behold.
Reviewer: limeydeadhead - - January 24, 2012
Subject: Bang on
Last few years have sucked me back into 1970's grateful dead. They were up to some serious shit back then and must have blown a good few minds.
Jam in set 2 is phenomenal.

R.I.P Jerr. Your music will never die.
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